Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and members of her Cabinet are not involved in corruption, says Legal Affairs Minister Prakash Ramadhar.
The newly re-elected political leader of the Congress of the People (COP) was speaking at the Parliament sitting yester-
day, during the debate of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property Bill, 2014.
Ramadhar said when the People’s Partnership assumed office in 2010, there was no button to turn off the corruption left by the former People’s National Movement (PNM) government.
He said if corruption continued at a lower level, “it was not with the participation of the Cabinet and the Prime Minister”.
He said if Government members were involved in corruption, they would have not made any effort to bring the procurement legislation to the House or made any effort to strengthen the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and bring other pieces of legislation that “act as a noose around the neck of the corrupt and dishonest in society”.
Ramadhar said he feels vin-
dicated in entering politics as the People’s Partnership has delivered on its promise to bring procurement legislation, and in the next session of Parliament, legislation to effect constitutional reform will be on the agenda.
He said the procurement le-
gislation will create a new institution that will help the police and protect taxpayers’ money.
Ramadhar said this was in keeping with the Congress of the People’s (COP) new politics, which was about “old spirit-
uality” imbued with values of integrity, honesty, truth and consistency.
He disclosed there were some in the COP who were sceptical procurement legislation would “not see the light of day” but it was delivered.
Ramadhar praised Planning
Minister Dr Bhoendradatt Tewarie for consulting with all stakeholders involved.
He said the passage of the procurement legislation would lead to a “quantum leap” and would fundamentally change the way the Government and future governments conduct business in this country.